If you tightened your neck, shoulders or lower back in the experiment with the chair, you'll likely be 'misusing' your muscles in other activities.
Most muscle aches and pains are due to fatigue. If your lower back muscles are over-used when standing, sitting or moving, they'll soon get tired and begin to ache.
Treatment such as physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic will help to alleviate your condition (just as the car mechanic mentioned earlier). But if how you use your muscles is the cause - you'll be back on the treatment
table before long.
how can the alexander technique help me?It's important to state at this point, The Alexander Technique is not a form of treatment - it's an educational method.
To return to the car analogy, if a physiotherapist is the car mechanic, an Alexander Technique teacher would be the driving instructor.
During an Alexander Technique lesson, the teacher will look at how you move, stand, sit, walk, run or play your sport, and find what it is you may be doing, that could be the cause of your problem.
With gentle touch and verbal feedback, a teacher will help you to first recognise your poor habits, and then show you how to correct them.
Very few exercises are used - so you don't have to set aside your valuable time to do exercises. We focus on every day activities and how you can use less effort to relieve your muscles of unnecessary work.
When you apply what you've learnt in the lesson, you'll notice the difference quickly. Many people learning the technique say they feel lighter, taller and find movement easier.
is the alexander technique recognised
by the medical profession?
The Alexander Technique is a subtle and simple approach to a complex problem. Our methods at times may seem subtle, but rest assured, the techniques are based on sound scientific research and have been proven to deliver long-term results1.
To qualify to teach the Alexander Technique, an individual needs to complete a full-time, three-year course in movement, habits, reflexes and muscles.
So if you're interested and would like to find out more, please contact me today to discuss your requirements. I teach at clinics in Bedford, Godmanchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Olney - for details of venues, please click here.
Also see my other websites at:-
e-Posture.com - The Easy Posture Guide - under construction
VibrationPlateGuide.co.uk - interesting new technology for getting into shape.
1. Randomised controlled trial of Alexander Technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. BMJ 2008; 337 doi: 10.1136/bmj.a884 (Published 19 August 2008). Conclusions: One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Six lessons followed by exercise prescription were nearly as effective as 24 lessons. For more information see Alexander Technique Research